By Heather F.
We Need A Revival! Can I get an Amen?
I’m sure you’re wondering, what in the world is she talking about? What kind of revival do you need when it comes to reading books?
Well, as I’m sure you’re aware; there was a pretty significant ending last month. A little over a week ago one of the biggest phenomenons in the publishing world drew to a close. Harry Potter, sadly, fought the good fight and J.K. Rowling retired her wand. Don't worry, no spoilers here! I know the end of this series has led me into somewhat of a Post-Potter Depression, or PPD, and I've seen where others complain of the same malady. So, as we all dry our eyes and mourn the loss of further adventures with our favorite boy wizard and his crew, I'm sure some are wondering, as I am, “What do I read next?”
There are so many new and exciting adventures waiting for you, my friend! All you have to do is look! Here is a rather eclectic mix of new and old, easy reads and harder reads, for you or your youngsters' perusal.
Another series that grows with the reader; Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
That magical girl; Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
Old classic; Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter
Lots of adventure; The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huck Finn by Mark Twain
Anything by Roald Dahl (but especially Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Witches)
Travel to another world; Bridge to Terebithia by Katherine Paterson
Another boy who doesn't learn what he really is until he's almost a teenager; Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series
More adventure; Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
Lots of magic; His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman
Even more magic! Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage
Amazing storytelling with magic and adventure; the Inkheart trilogy, Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
Unusual children's book with deep themes; Skellig by David Almond
Saving the world, with baseball; Summerland by Michael Chabon
Great series with lots of word play; A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket
Fantasy series where good fights evil, based on Arthurian mythos; Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series
Another fantasy series where British children travel to another world; The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
JRR Tolkien, creator of a vast and magical world
Many, many books by Jane Yolen, for both young kids and teenagers
The many fantasy books by Diana Wynne Jones
Brilliant, ruthless young criminal; Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
The fairy tale retellings, and more, like Goose Girl, Princess Academy and Enna Burning, by Shannon Hale
The amazing Tamora Pierce has vast magical worlds to explore, especially great for young girls as her main characters are strong, intelligent females
So, come on, revive some of these other forgotten classics, or soon to be classics, and expand beyond Harry Potter a little bit!
Any more suggestions?